Planning a Stress-Free Wedding

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Planning a Stress-Free Wedding

Sue Scharf

1. Give yourself enough time to plan

  • Choose a date that works well with your schedule
  • Better chance that the vendors you like will be available
  • More time to make payments towards your final balance

2. Choose a venue that does it all

  • Avoid having to rent tables, chairs, linens, china, etc. No need to worry about whether or not everything will be delivered on time and who will be setting it up
  • Let the venue take care of the catering and service of the food. They will provide the service staff and all items necessary for food service from salt and pepper shakers to chafing dishes
  • Some venues offer all-inclusive packages that provide centerpieces, DJ/MC, photography, cake, etc.
  • If you are not planning to have the ceremony in a church or temple having it at the same venue as your reception is ultra-convenient for you, your vendors and your guests

3. Choose an “easy meal”

  • Offer a buffet allowing your guests to choose what they want right then and there, which cuts down on multiple meal requests due to dietary restrictions
  • Not into buffets? Choose one meal for all of your guests. If it contains meat, let your guests know what dinner consists of and offer an alternate vegetarian option

4. Hire vendors that are referred by your venue

  • Venues typically only refer very reputable vendors
  • These vendors are familiar with the venue and will have very minimal questions for you

5. Take the advice of your venue coordinator

  • Typically your contact at the venue has seen her/his share of weddings at that location and knows what does and does not work well at that particular location

6. Do what feels right

  • Don’t get so caught up in trying to impress your guests that you lose sight of why you are having a wedding in the first place
  • Focus on what you as a couple like rather than trying to please everyone else. We all know you cannot please everyone
  • Avoid involving too many family members or friends in the decision-making process. Too many “cooks in the kitchen” can cause you to lose sight of what you want most as a couple. You might regret making choices based upon other’s opinions.

- Sue Sharf is the Private Event Director of Knollwood Country Club